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Human Genome Epidemiology, 2nd EditionBuilding the evidence for using genetic information to improve health and prevent disease$
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Muin Khoury, Sara Bedrosian, Marta Gwinn, Julian Higgins, John Ioannidis, and Julian Little

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398441.001.0001

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The public health genomics enterprise

The public health genomics enterprise

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(p.36) 3 The public health genomics enterprise
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Human Genome Epidemiology, 2nd Edition
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Philippa Brice

Ron Zimmern

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398441.003.0003

This chapter considers the origins and emergence of public health genomics as a subdiscipline of public health, moving on to a consideration of current practice with some specific examples. It then looks at the future prospects for the field and its role within medicine and health care in the 21st century and beyond. Public health genomics is built around the prevention of morbidity and mortality and the promotion of health, and seeks these benefits at the population level in addition to that of individual patients. This is a paradigm that should not only unite genomics and epidemiology, medicine, and public health, but which should also underpin all health services and biomedical research in the modern world.

Keywords:   public health genomics, public health practice, health care

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